Americans live in a culture that worships hard work — often at the expense of fun, relaxation and vacations. At this point, it’s practically common knowledge that 700 million vacation days go unused in the U.S. every year.
United Airlines wants you to take some time off, perhaps relax on the beach with a tropical cocktail. But the airline knows you aren’t going to ask for time off unless it’s for something very special. Which is why they’re hosting a contest for overworked Americans, and also to celebrate the launch of their new nonstop service between San Francisco and Papeete, Tahiti.
Log onto the United website to nominate a stressed-out employee (it could be yourself) for a free week-long vacation to Tahiti. All that’s necessary to enter is a statement of less than 300 words about why the hardest working person in the U.S. (the nominee) deserves a free trip to Tahiti.
The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, three nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa, two nights at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa and two nights at Maitai Rangiroa for the winner and one guest. The prize also includes all transportation between the islands, an excursion in either Tahiti or Moorea and a $2,000 prepaid card to be used on meals and other expenses.
United Airlines will partner with Project: Time Off to judge entries.
The contest is open until 11:59pm Central Time on September 25. After submitting, cross your fingers and try to visualize yourself on the beaches of Tahiti (coconut shell filled with cocktail optional). Winners will be notified around October 11.
Just promise you’ll set up your out of office message for the entire vacation and avoid checking emails.